Ozzy Osbourne Biography
Ozzy Osbourne is one of the most important figures in the history of Heavy-Metal. Born John Michael Osbourne on December 3, 1948 in Birmingham, ENGLAND, he began performing as lead singer of Black Sabbath releasing with the band the first album in 1970.
Osbourne embarked on a solo career in 1980 when recorded "Blizzard Of Ozz"; his first solo-LP peaked at #7 on the U.K. Albums chart and hit #21 on the U.S. Pop chart; the main single, "Crazy Train", became a top 10 hit on The Mainstream Rock chart.
"Diary Of A Madman" arrived a year later, like its predecessor, it went platinum and peaked at #16 on the U.S. Top 200 LPs & Tapes chart while the lead single, "Flying High Again", shot to #2 on The Mainstream Rock chart.
In 1982 he has courted publicity, when he bit off the head of a bat during
a live show; subsequently he received medical treatment for rabies. A
few months later some members of Osbourne's entourage including guitarist
and close friend Randy Rhoads tragically killed in a plane crash.
Ozzy Osbourne, after married his girlfriend-manager Sharon Arden, returned to the spotlight and issued the concert-album, "Speak Of The Devil", a collection of Black Sabbath covers, which hit #14 on the U.S. Albums chart.
The next year he released "Bark At The Moon", his third solo studio record and another American Billboard 200 top 20 entrant.
The follow-up, "The Ultimate Sin", which arrived three years
later, peaked at #6 on The Billboard Top 200 chart and "Shot In The
Dark" entered the top 10 of The Mainstream Rock Tracks.
He was subsequently accused of encouraging suicide through the song titled "Suicide Solution", written in relation of Bon Scott's death, the legendary singer of AC/DC, who died of an alcohol overdose.
In 1987, Osbourne decided to release "Tribute" that was dedicated to the memory of his lost friend, Randy Rhoads; the live-set, recorded in 1981, peaked at #6 on the U.S. Albums chart.
His fifth studio-effort was released in October 1988, after Zakk Wylde joined as new guitarist; "No Rest For The Wicked" reached the #13 spot on The Billboard Top 200 Albums list, it included "Miracle Man", in which Ozzy gloats about the downfall of the TV preachers who had long attacked him as an agent of Satan.
His wife helped him to overcome the alcoholism and drug abuse, Osbourne also reject the satanic image he constructed around himself during the early '80s and in 1989, with Lita Ford, released the single "Close My Eyes Forever", the track peaked at #8 on The Billboard Hot 100.
"No More Tears", followed two years later, an album more adult
Rock-oriented which rose to #7 in U.S. spawning a string of Active Rock
top 10 hit singles: the title-track reached #10, "Time After Time"
hit #6, "Road To Nowhere" peaked at #3 and "Mama I'm Coming
Home" soared to the #2 position, the latter became his most successful
solo-single to date on The Billboard Hot 100 peaking at #28; for Ozzy
Osbourne it has been a long road, but he finally found his way, to the
36th Annual Grammy Awards, taking home the award for Best Metal Performance
for "I Don't Want To Change The World".
Around this time he duetted with actress Kim Basinger on "Shake Your Head", a commercial dance-House single-track.
In October of 1995 Osbourne issued his seventh solo-studio-LP, "Ozzmosis", a multi-million seller which peaked at #4 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, it generated two Mainstream Rock top 5 hit singles: "Perry Mason" and "See You On The Other Side"; Zakk Wylde then left without much drama to start his solo career and later formed Black Label Society.
The next year saw Osbourne created the Ozzfest festival tour with the most important contemporary Metal bands and a Black Sabbath reunion.
In November 1997, he released "The Ozzman Cometh: Greatest Hits", a double-disc retrospective with a new song, "Back On Earth"; released as a single, the track crashed into the top 3 of The U.S. Active Rock chart.
After the release of other live recording, he returned with new material in 2001; his eighth studio-effort, "Down To Earth", reached the #4 position on the U.S. Top 200 chart and "Gets Me Through" hit #2 on The Mainstream Rock Tracks; the follow-up single, "Dreamer", was another Active Rock top 10 hit.
March 2005 saw the release of "Prince Of Darkness", this four-disc set aims to satisfy fans of both Osbourne personas, discs one and two storm through the singer's '80s and '90s solo heydays with an emphasis on previously unreleased live recordings, B-sides and classics; disc three is a compilation of bizarre collaborations with everyone from Kim Basinger to Motörhead mouthpiece Lemmy Kilmister; disc four features newly recorded covers including Mountain's "Mississippi Queen", which debuted at #10 on The Mainstream Rock chart and King Crimson's "21st Century Schizoid Man".
"Black Rain", Ozzy Osbourne's first album with new studio material in six years, was released in May 2007; it became a top 10 hit across Europe, top 5 in Canada and debuted at #3 on The Billboard 200 in the U.S. on the back of the monster Hot Mainstream Rock #1 smash "I Don't Wanna Stop". The lead single was followed by two more Active Rock top 20 hits: the album's title-song and "Not Going Away".
June 2010 saw Osbourne release "Let Me Hear You Scream"; the first single from his tenth studio album, was simply titled "Scream".